Notebook, 1993-


Aerial Perspective

Smog, fog, dust, and haze add to the apparent distance of an object. Because of aerial perspective, objects seen at great distance tend to be hazy, washed-out in color, and lacking in detail. This is true even in clear air, but it is increasingly the case in our mechanized society. As a matter of fact, aerial haze is often most noticeable when it is missing. If you have traveled the wide open spaces of states such as Colorado or Wyoming, you may have seen mountain ranges that looked only a few miles away, and then were shocked to find that you were actually viewing them through 50 miles of crystal-clear air.

[ Coon, Dennis. Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1989. See chapter on Perceiving]



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